He Bears Your Burdens
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This sentence really grabbed my attention today. Jesus, the loving teacher, understands exactly how much his disciples can emotionally bear.
But this statement also makes me feel like an emotional, mental, and spiritual wuss. Remember that Jesus is fully aware of everything that is about to take place. He is about to take on the weight of the world's sin. Yet at this moment, he is tending to the emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of his disciples by withholding some things from them because he knows that they cannot bear them.
Just consider how you respond at the end of a frustrating day or after hearing troubling news. How do you typically respond? Are you angry, vicious, and vindictive? Are you more worried about the injustice you suffered? Not Jesus. He doesn't even appear to think of himself. He seems more concerned about the weight of others.
And that's how much Jesus loves you. So much that he would rather not burden you but bear your burdens along with everyone else's.
So let me ask you this.
If this is the case, and Jesus wants to bear your burdens, why are you trying to bear them alone? Let someone who can bear them be your strength, and maybe then you will stop being an emotional, mental, and spiritual mess.
- How does knowing that Jesus is concerned with your emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being change how you face your burdens? Are you ready to let Him bear them?
- In what specific ways have you been trying to bear your burdens alone, and what steps can you take to surrender them to Jesus, trusting in His infinite love and care?
DO THIS: Give Jesus a burden.
PRAY THIS: Jesus, teach me to relinquish control and to place my anxieties, frustrations, and fears into Your capable hands. Remind me that You walked this earth and know my struggles, yet You were never overwhelmed. Allow me to lean into Your strength and to find rest in Your presence.
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